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Report: NCAA to Permit Football, Basketball Voluntary Activities Beginning June 1

Report: NCAA to Permit Football, Basketball Voluntary Activities Beginning June 1

The NCAA will permit football and men’s and women’s basketball teams to resume voluntary athletic activities on June 1, according to a report by Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports.

Those sports typically have voluntary workouts in the summer, with most of the activities player-driven and a limited number of hours of coach interaction.

The move would be the first sign of a resumption of Division I athletics, after all sports were shuttered thanks to the coronavirus pandemic in May.

Teams will still need to abide by the restrictions put in place by their local and state health department guidelines and government restrictions and ordinances.

Western Pennsylvania remains in the yellow phase of governor Tom Wolf’s reopening plan, which still prohibits organized sports.

“We’d have to wait to the green phase for that to be allowed,” health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said earlier this month. “As the governor has been saying, yellow means caution, and it would not be an exercise of caution to let team sports play.”

The yellow phase does allow for gatherings of less than 25 people. It’s not clear how collegiate practices could fit into that structure. Wolf said on Wednesday that his office is working on a plan to allow sports at all levels to resume.

According to Thamel, decisions have not been made about the resumption of athletic activities for other sports.

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Tom Storm
Tom Storm
8 days ago

They should have been open all along. The virus scam is a joke.

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
7 days ago
Reply to  Tom Storm

90,000 dead is a scam?

Tom Storm
Tom Storm
7 days ago

Yes. It is a scam, Clark. 70 percent of the deaths are in nursing homes. They shut our country down for something no worse than a flu. Now our economy is destroyed. 99.9 percent survive. We were not meant to be caged like animals. These college kids have been robbed of opportunities from our wonderful politicians. It is a joke.

kmp30
kmp30
7 days ago
Reply to  Tom Storm

First, it’s clearly worse than the flu. If you cant look at two numbers and see which is higher then there is no point in dialogue with you. Also, that one number happens to be higher WITH extreme social distancing. Even Trump admits deaths would have been way higher without social distancing. I don’t know if your 70 percent number is accurate, but assuming it is, 30 % on the other side is pretty significant! Another number worse than the flu. Second, what do you mean by scam? Who is scamming? I could understand if you said overreaction, but a… Read more »

Tom Storm
Tom Storm
7 days ago
Reply to  kmp30

My point was originally that sports should have never stopped in the first place. You have your opinion and i will have mine. My views are not garbage if they differ than yours. As far as sports go, where are your Pitt season tickets for football and basketball. I can come say hi if they ever have a season again.

kmp30
kmp30
7 days ago
Reply to  Tom Storm

That’s a totally fair point. But then you say it’s the same as the flu, which is factually incorrect. And then call it a scam and add something that is baseless to an otherwise arguable point. That’s all. I even said if you had called it an overreaction I would understand. But a scam? That’s where I think it’s a paraniod garbage point. You can certainly have your opinions on whether or not the country should be open, and whether or not the damage to the economy is worse than the virus itself, but please don’t belittle nearly 100k deaths… Read more »

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